Nine people, including state senator Celementa Pinckney, were killed during a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. Pinckney was also the pastor of the church. Pinckney, 41, was married with two children and had served in the state Senate since 2000.
The shooting took place at approximately 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Charleston Police released photos of the suspect during a news conference and said he left the scene in a black four door sedan. He is described as “armed and dangerous.”
Church members were shot while taking part in a bible study class, the NAACP said. Dot Scott, president of the Charleston NAACP, said a female survivor told family members that the gunman initially sat down in the church for a while before opening fire, The Post and Courier reported. Scott added that the gunman reportedly told the woman he was letting her live so she could tell others what happened.
Police are saying that the shooting was a hate crime.
H/T USA Today
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